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Yet Again Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: August 19th, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
TXPB-why on earth would you suffer to pay that much? Xtreme, Hill 13, Petty, Outlaw, PB Challenge...etc.
Directions
to the Field:
If you have a GPS, use it! Get the Address...Which is 25009 Ranch Road Leander, TX.
Review: Like many average life paintballers ( by that I mean those that go 1 to 3 times a months, when you have the time off and the funds to go) I spend a lot of time just looking for a Field that will take weekday walk-ons. A friend and I spent 3 weeks looking at fields and calling around. After a recommendation from my boss, we decided to settle on Leander PB. I couldn't recommend another field more than I could recommend Leander. I'll list the events that set it apart.

1. You arrive and expect to rush through getting everyone paid up and rentals passed out if needed, but instead, you sit down, relax, set up your own gear, prep everything at whatever pace you like.
2. You cycle through paying the field fee...a small $10, which also includes a full rental for those without gear. Then you settle back down and continue doing as you were doing.
3. Everyone is prepped, time to cycle through Chrono. A few adjustments, maybe a comment or two to those that don't put on they're plugs walking away.
4. Staff notices everyone is ready...didn't have to tell them! Time for a quick safety brief. A few simple rules...however, nothing that CONSTRICTS play. Safety oriented (barrel plugs, masks on, suurender rule, etc)
5. A very odd occurence happened...we step onto the field and expect a ref to call the game, and start us on our way to carnage, but no ref appears. We were allowed to play as we wished, make whatever games we wanted, and make use of the entire field in any manner (within the confines of their few simple rules) we wanted. However, I expect when the population increases, someone will then come out and keep an eye out for those that don't always remember the rules.
6. I'm a woodsball fan, so a few things can make me very happy. I like to see a few structures, and debris, and improvisable cover. I must say, this field had it all! Well defendable positions, great flank opportunities, concealed avenues of approach, the works.
7. I was borrowing an Invert Mini from my boss and played most of the day with that. I know nothing about Minis so when I had complications I had to turn to the advice of the staff. They never hesitated to help, adjust, repair, guide, talk, or show you through anything. A great selection of products is offered through their proshop, and if they don't have it in, they will get it for you anyway possible.
8. All day air/Co2! Self-service fill stations (although run off scuba tanks for HPA) was very convenient. A compressor would have been nice, but so far, this was least of my worries. I expect as reivews like this keep coming, and they keep expanding, a high pressure compressor won't be too far off.
9. Rental markers were mainly Tippman 98s, and none that we were using ever had any problems. Their gear is well maintained, clean and reliable.
10. I ended up buying a Tippman A-5 sniper completely upgraded from Johnny (one of the owners) w/ an Apex barrel, for $300, after playing with the mini and having some issues. He saw the consistant problems I was having and simply let me use it for a few matches. I didn't even have to rent it! He just let me use it.
11. Their hours might be deceiving online, because both times we were there in the last week, we stayed pretty late, 5 or 6pm, and started at 10am. So we had loads of time to play. Summer hours include some pretty hot days, so people shy away from coming out, more than the winter months. But there is PLENTY of shade in the staging areas and they even have a misting system.
12. They offer a home cooked menu, and other generic type foods, vending machines for water and soda, but I would bring a cooler and tons of water.
13. Parents or people bringing youngsters not able to play, or ladies that don't play. They offered my group use of a pool that sits to the left of the field and offered the girls and 3 yo that came with us an enjoyable atmosphere which otherwise would have been filled with boring "when are we going home" talk.
14. Johnny and the crew have weekly night games and various scenario formats, to include an All vs Staff defending the Alamo, sometime in October. they welcome players to comment and suggest new ideas for their field, and constantly work to improve the layout.

For anyone tired of reading this review, I hope you at least found it helpful. For anyone looking for a semi-local field to try in the Austin, TX area, I strongly encourage you to try Leander Paintball out. If you live more than an hour out and can't find a field any closer, the experience is well worth the drive. I live in south Austin, and it took me about 50 minutes to get there, in the morning BEFORE 9 am on a Wednesday. Austinites, you know what kind of traffic that is on I-35N! This little rating scale only goes to 10, but Leander Paintball performs well above the standard. Here's a list of phone number for the Field. I'm sure they would be happy to answer any questions I haven't covered. try them out, it's worth it!

contactus@leanderpaintball.com
For all other questions or for Technical Services please call:
Johnnie Morgan, Owner: 924-6770
Nancy Leek, Owner/Sales: 560-6113
Shawn Curry, Technical: 426-9913
Tim E. Leek, Owner: 560-5884

Also, to clarify the last post....They do indeed take credit cards now, to include items from the proshop. They recommended to my group that we should call before coming out on weekends to play night games. The summer months tax players greatly during the day, so it's up in the air how many people will stay or show up later in the day/evening. Heading back out there again very soon. If you are reading this review, try to make it out in October if you're around the Austin area...Johnnie says the Alamo has yet to be taken from the staff defending it. And I want that Alamo!
Last edited on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 3:14 pm PST
 

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